Former Coventry City striker and Warriors captain, Peter Ndlovu, has been selected to be inducted into the Zimbabwe Sports Hall of Fame.
Ndlovu is to be honored for his outstanding contributions as Warriors captain and for raising the Zimbabwean flag high while turning out for various clubs in England.
He is the only Zimbabwean captain to take the Warriors to two Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2004 and 2006 and also became the first Zimbabwe black footballer in 1992 to play in the English Premiership.
Sports and Recreation Commission director of business, Daniel Kuwengwa, confirmed that they have come up with a list of the 10 inductees who are being presented to potential sponsors for the event.
“We have now discovered that our marketing strategy was wrong and we now want to market the Hall of Fame ceremony with the inductees,” he said.
“You find that people would now want to be associated with the inductees rather than asking for sponsorship without the inductees.”
Although Kuwengwa refused to reveal the names of the inductees, Studio 7 can safely reveal that Ndlovu is to be honoured alongside golfer Nick Price, the late rugby star, Richard Tsimba, tennis aces Byron and Wayne Black, as well as former national team batsman, Andy Flower.
Kuwengwa said they have set their Hall of Fame plan in a way that the inductions would be held way before the Annual National Sports Awards with their target being September.
The SRC supremo said they are hoping for the first time since the Hall of Fame was introduced in 2005 to dish out some financial rewards to the inductees.
Although swimmer Kirsty Coventry automatically qualifies for that recognition, SRC spokesperson, Tirivashe Nheweyembwa, said this honor is bestowed only on those who have since quit various sporting disciplines.
The Zimbabwe Sports Hall of Fame is situated at the National Gallery and a number of former stars including footballer George Shaya, athlete Artwell Mandaza, boxer Langton ‘Schoolboy’ Tinago and the Golden Hockey girls of 1980 were the first inductees in 2005.
The photographs of these icons are pinned on the walls in the Hall of Fame, which is usually flooded with visitors.
Kuwengwa said they are happy that the Sports Hall of Fame has become an attraction for many people as they are receiving a huge number of visitors.
He, however, said they want to improve on what is already there.
Ironically, the recognition of Tsimba back home is coming long after he and young brother, Kennedy, were inducted into the International Rugby Board’s Hall of Fame way back in 2012.
Unfortunately, Kennedy does not qualify for Zimbabwean Hall of Fame induction after choosing to play for the South African Springboks instead of the Zimbabwean Sables.